Perspectives on Legal Authority

Date & Time Details: Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 9:00 – 17:00

Venue Details: Raeburn Room (Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL)

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1st Session (9:00 – 13:15): The Moral Character of Legal Authority

Intro: This session is pre-read. Authors will only précis their papers. Q&A will follow. Workshop materials are now available at this password-protected page. Further materials will be uploaded soon.

The Grounds of Legal Authority

09:00 – 10:00 Prof. Kenneth Ehrenberg (Alabama): Legal Authority: Metaphysics and Legitimacy

10:00 – 11:00 Dr Eliot Michaelson (KCL): Moral Aims, Immoral Aims, and the Grounds of Legal Authority (abstract)

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

Morality and Judicial Authority

11:15 – 12:15 Prof. Lawrence Sager (UT Austin): Putting Law in its Place  (abstract)

12:15 – 13:15 Dr Noam Gur (QMUL): Should Judges Use the Floodgates Argument? Policy vs. Principle in Civil Adjudication (abstract)

13:15 – 14:00  Lunch Break

2nd Session (14:00 – 17:00): Shared Legal Authority

Intro: This session is devoted to Dr Dimitrios Kyritsis’ monograph “Shared Authority: Courts and Legislatures in Legal Theory” (Hart, 2015). The speakers will provide commentary on the book. The author will act as respondent. Click here for further details about the book and the author.  Workshop participants are entitled to a special book discount. The discount code and some additional materials are available on our password-protected page.

14:00 – 14:30 Prof. Neil Walker (Edinburgh)

14:30 – 14:45 Response

14:45 – 15:15 Dr Marco Goldoni (Glasgow)

15:15 – 15:30 Response

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:15 Prof. Lawrence Sager (UT Austin)

16:15 – 16:30 Response

16:30 – 17:00 Round-Table Discussion

This workshop is kindly sponsored by:

Jurisprudence (An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought)


The University of Edinburgh School of Law

Mind Association